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Online Workshop: Sacred Relics in a Secular World

May 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A priest wearing red robes blesses a large, brightly painted crucifix



This British Art Network research group considers the art and material culture of British Roman Catholics in the British Isles and in exile during the ‘Penal period’, i.e. from the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s to the restoration of the Hierarchy in England in 1850.  It aims to investigate how such collections can be understood and shared more widely, and their benefits to audiences today.

Please join us for a workshop discussing the care, use and display of relics of the saints and consecrated objects in sacred, secular and secularised contexts.

The full programme includes:

  • Irish Reliquaries, c. 1530 to c.1730, Raghnall Ó Floinn, former Director of the National Museum of Ireland.
  • The Sacred in the Secular: caring for relics and Catholic sacred objects at a national museum, Donna Stevens, silver conservator. Former Senior Metals conservator, V&A
  • Exhibiting the relics of St Francis of Assisi, Joost Joustra, Research Fellow & Visiting Senior Lecturer, Centre for Arts and the Sacred at King’s College London.  Co-curator of the exhibition Saint Francis of Assisi (National Gallery)
  • Dynamos and Donors: Hereford & Lichfield Cathedral Shrine Projects, Robert Kilgour, surveyor to Lichfield & Hereford Anglican Cathedrals

Please RSVP here.

For more information or to join the group, please email [email protected]

Image: Service to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the St Oscar Romero Cross in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, September 2023 © Mazur/